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Poulsbo firefighters donate $1,000 to Poulsbo Lions/Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund

Donations continue to come in for the Poulsbo Lions/Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund.  - Herald graphic
Donations continue to come in for the Poulsbo Lions/Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund.
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POULSBO — Generosity in Poulsbo is not limited to the Christmas season.

Eighteen Poulsbo firefighters donated a total of $1,000 to the Poulsbo Lions/Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund on Jan. 10. And fund chairman John Macdonald received a total of $200 from three more donors, boosting the campaign total to $31,349.

The campaign total is the second-most amount raised in the last four years. In the winter 2012 campaign, donations totaled $28,846; in 2011, $33,061; in 2010, $25,590.

North Kitsap Fishline and St. Vincent de Paul will use most of the funds to provide food, emergency shelter and emergency financial assistance to North Kitsap residents in need.

In addition, the fund will pay for groceries for Christmas meals for local families. The Poulsbo Noon Lions Club packed Christmas food baskets for 100 local families last month.

And a reserve account is maintained for “major catastrophes” that might occur during the year, Macdonald said.

Because of donations to the Poulsbo Lions/Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund, “We’re able to stretch what we’re doing for people in crisis — whether it’s paying rent, mortgage, or utilities,” said Rae Rodriguez, Fishline’s client services manager.

The fund is a longtime Poulsbo tradition. It was founded by the late Frank and Mabel Raab — he was mayor from 1960-69 — as a way for neighbors to help each other during emergencies. The Poulsbo Noon Lions Club administers the fund for the Raab Foundation.

While the winter campaign has ended, donations are accepted year-round. Make checks out to Lions/Raab Bellringer Fund and mail to P.O. Box 1244, Poulsbo, WA 98370. Donations are tax-deductible.

Firefighters who donated (in alphabetical order): Dave Adams, Lise Alkire, Travis Beach, Craig Becker, Steve Behal, Bob Brooks, Chris Cribbs, Tom Harvey, Carl Johnson, Brent Jolly, Jody Matson, Chris Morrison, Bruce Peterson, Brian Ramey, Chris Strickland, Joe Vlach, John Warnke, Justin Zeigler.

Here are this week’s donors.

Week 8

Karl and Pauline Ostheller: $50.

Marion Larm and Family: $250, in memory of my husband, Loring, and son, Kerry.

Andrea Rice Bruns: $100, in memory of my father and mother, John & Edith Waag; husband, Rick Rice; father- and mother-in law Jim & Doris Rice; and nephew, Aaron Waag.

Lainie Hammond: $100, for attorney Richard Gross.

— Poulsbo Firefighters: $1,000.

— Linda S. Eley: $50.

— Nathaniel and Chelsea Mathews: $50.

— Gary W. and Joette Nystul: $100.

To-date total: $31,349.

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